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A 23-year-old male asked:

What are some difficulties associated with removal of hardware used to fix broken femur? post op 8 years w/ well-healed femur. no known risk factors.

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Dr. James Bicos
Orthopedic Surgery 22 years experience
Not many: Risk factors can include difficulty removing the hardware -- it always looks easier than it is. It also depends on what kind of hardware you have - a plat or rod. Sometimes with rods, they get buried in the bone which makes it hard to remove. If is a plate removal, then there can be issues with scar and dissection. After removal you have a slight chance of stress fractures for 8 - 12 weeks.

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Last updated Jun 2, 2013

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